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Written by Malinda Just Wednesday, 05 March 2008 14:14Taxpayers who meet income guidelines can get their taxes completed and e-filed for free with Mid-Kansas Community Action Program of Marion County.
Assistance will be provided until mid-May for basic and intermediate tax returns for taxpayers with a yearly income of $35,000 or less.
But, according to Lynn Unruh, community services coordinator for MIDCAP of Marion County, the income requirement is a “gray line.”
“If someone makes a little over that, I’m not going to turn them away...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 13 February 2008 09:18In the United States, an estimated 4 million people have Alzheimer’s disease—one form of dementia in older adults. In Marion County, there are an estimated 529 cases of Alzheimer’s.
While dementia, a medical condition that disrupts the way the brain works, is a common part of the natural aging process—forgetfulness, short-term memory loss—Alzheimer’s disease is not.
“Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, and the natural aging dementia is not,” said Pam Ratzlaff, a social worker at Hillsboro Community Medical Center.About the condition
Alzheimer’s disease is named after Alois Alzheimer, a German doctor who, in 1906, noticed changes in brain tissue of a woman who had died of an unusual mental illness.
Written by Malinda Just Wednesday, 13 February 2008 09:15For 16 of the 22 years of their marriage, Betty Kline’s husband Howard “Whitey” Kline has had Alzheimer’s disease.
Whitey, 91, resides in the Alzheimer’s unit at Hillsboro Community Medical Center and is now in the third of three stages of the disease: early, middle and late.
“It’s not the instant killer,” Betty said. “It’s just a horrible disease.”
A second marriage for both, Betty said she has known Whitey since she was 16 and dating her first husband.
“I have known him all these years,” she said. “We never, ever thought of each other as being married.”
Despite that, the two found they had much in common and decided to marry. But, just a few years into their new life together, Betty began...
Written by Marsha Setzkorn-Meyer Wednesday, 13 February 2008 09:09Dad has Alzheimer’s disease. There I said it. So does his brother, my Uncle Eugene.
Come to think of it, many of dad’s aunts and uncles were a little “funny.” That’s what we used to call it, before we knew “it” had a name. They would forget things. They repeated stories over and over.
At one time or another my mom, brother, sister and I all figured Dad had Alzheimer’s disease, but we didn’t say it. Nor did we take him to a doctor to see if anything could be done. We suffered silently.
But no more. It’s too hard. We’ve been there. There are thousands of families in Kansas who are suffering also. Many families in Marion County are affected by the disease. My experience won’t take away any suffering, but perhaps...
Written by Fred Cicetti Wednesday, 09 January 2008 18:41Q This is embarrassing to discuss with anyone so I thought I’d write to you about it. I’m having bladder-control problems. What can I do?
A About 10 percent of men and women over the age of 65 have trouble with bladder control, also know officially as urinary incontinence. Women suffer from this more than men.
During urination, muscles in the bladder contract, forcing urine into the urethra, a tube that carries urine out of the body. At the same time, muscles surrounding the urethra relax and let the urine pass.
If the bladder muscles contract or the muscles surrounding the urethra relax without warning, the result is incontinence.
Short-term incontinence is caused by infections, constipation and some medicines. If the problem...
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